University Life Expands at Prince William Campus

Posted: January 3, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

With the rapid growth of George Mason’s Prince William Campus, the need for a more cohesive on-campus community and closer connections with the university’s other campuses became clear.

“[One of our] major goals is to create and provide links between Prince William students, faculty and staff through opportunities to explore curricular, cocurricular and extracurricular activities,” says Juliet Blank-Godlove, assistant dean of University Life at Prince William. “These activities help to make our campus population feel a sense of Mason pride and tradition, while also fostering a sense of community at the Prince William Campus.”

To make University Life’s services available to students who primarily attend classes at Prince William, a wide array of offices and centers have established a presence there. Student Health Services, Sexual Assault Services, Career Services, the Disability Resource Center and the English Language Institute are among the offices that maintain set office hours or offer appointments to Prince William students.

“[Another] goal at the Prince William Campus is to provide a type of ‘one-stop-shop’ for this campus community so that a trip to another campus for basic university services is not necessary,” says Blank-Godlove.

University Life held a series of new events during the fall semester, including the Prince William Campus Film Series, which featured major movies such as “Crash,” “Madagascar” and “The Motorcycle Diaries.” Randall’s Rhythms was initiated as a monthly event featuring regional musicians performing live in Randall’s Café.

The new tradition Winterfest included free food and free massages the week before final exams. Grad Student After-Hours, a monthly evening event with live music and dessert, provided a forum for graduate students to network with faculty and staff.

In addition to these activities, University Life plans to introduce a variety of new special events to the Prince William Campus that will also be held at the university’s other campuses. These include Volunteer Week, the Health and Fitness Expo, Stress Busters and Positive Body Image Awareness Week. The Prince William Campus will also mark Black History Month, Women’s History Month and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

During the spring semester, Campus Conversations will be launched. The program will offer Prince William Campus students an opportunity to share their ideas about how the campus could be improved. Also during the spring semester, for the first time at the campus the English Language Institute will offer four workshops covering grammar, pronunciation, conversation and writing.

And that’s not all, says Blank-Godlove. University Life will continue to offer enhancements to the university experience. Individuals with suggestions or ideas are encouraged to contact her at jblank@gmu.edu.

For more information on University Life, visit the web site.

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